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>> who's benefiting from restricting access to safe abortions? >> fault lines... al jazeera america's hard hitting... ground breaking... truth seeking... breakthrough investigative documentary series access restricted only on al jazeera america >> hello there, and welcome to the news hour. we have the top stories. >> families show their anger over the south korea ferry sinking. new tapes show confusion and chaos as the boat went down. moscow condemns a shooting at a russian-checkpoint in ukraine. but is it all that it seems? and hunger in damascus, the
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camp and siege by government forces has run out of food. and reaping rewards from rubbish, nigeriaens encouraged to create less waste. >> families affected by the south korean ferry sinking has been involved i in an angr angry complaints with the police. new tapes were made public from the moment the boat went down. it reveals the confusion and indecision surrounding the rescue operation. from the island of jindo, we have reports. >> reporter: on the day that christians celebrate the resurrection, they gor gather to
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pray for the dead. for a the first time they have been table pull bodies out of the ship itself. the pacabl pace of the recoverys been increasing. >> descriptions of each new body is put up on marker board. here is how families have agonizing bereavement confirmed. there is a growing level of acceptance among the persons that theiparentsthat children a. still there is anger towards authorities. they said they wanted to take their complaints about the
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rescue mission all the way president in solely. >> where do i find the body? says the man whose wife is missing. let's get her some place warm, out of the cold 37 wai. many waiting for confirmation of grief. waiting for a body to take home. >> let's have more about the jindo rescue services and crew on board the ferry. >> reporter: it's impossible to broadcast now. even if it's impossible to broadcast, please go out as much as you can and give the passengers their life jackets. if we evacuate passengers, will you be able to rescue them? >> if this ferry evacuates
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passengers, will they be evacuated? >> harry, just this issue of what exactly happened when the ferry started sinking. we know the captain and two crew have been arrested. we know one of the accusations is that the captain delayed the evacuation of passengers on board. >> reporter: this is the thing that has angered some of the parents of the children. they were young, able bodied people, they say give the correct instructions would have had a better chance of survival if they had been told to get off that boat as soon as possible. the captain has explained himself and apologized to the families. he said that there were no rescue vessels in the area, and
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he thought if he simply told those people to get off the ship, that in that cold water, the extremely fast currents that the divers had been talking about, they would have been in more trouble than on board. those are the calculations that were being made. the people at port authority telling the crew to get them off as quickly as possible. but the crew on board saying what about the rescue ships, how soon will they be coming they are told in ten minutes, they are told one minute. and then communication stops, and presumption by investigators and everyone who has heard that, that is the point in which the captain and crew started to get off the ship themselves. that's another thing they were accused off, getting off among the first of those being rescued leaving hundreds of others to
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their fate. >> this is clearly fueling the anger of families who already had to wait four days for rescuers to start bringing up bodies of loved ones. some still waiting for confirmation of family's death. >> that's right. it is just desperately sad when you're down there on the court, and you're watching people looking at these white boards, trying to ascertain whether their young child is one of those being brought to shore. we saw a number of bodies being brought to shore. we have seen families where that operation is happening, seeing for themselves these stretches coming ashore and trying to identify whether again one of them might be their child. as well as that we have a church service, an easter service where so many of these parents have been sheltering. and again desperately sad. the bishop, the town where this
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school is based, where the school children called home, he came down to offer words of confirmation, and giving an easter service of eturn life. these children's lives have been cut so short it's desperately sad. it took them so long to be able to get to the ship that bodies are being brought out five days later. >> thank you so much, harry fawcett in jindo. >> half of the result >> with that let's go to the afghanistan election. we'll keep you posted on those results as they come in.
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>> now ukraine's ultra nationalists have denied playing any role in the gunfight in the east of the country. three people were killed in a shooting. it a happened at a makeshift checkpoint manned by pro-russian militants. >> people jumped out of jeeps and starting shooting at us. they threw stun grenades. people started running in various directions when they shotteshouted down. then there was a second dead. he was crawling. he wouldn't get up. he was lying there waiting for a miracle. >> jackie roland has the latest for us o on the outskirts of the city. >> reporter: the circumstances
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of this incident remains very unclear. in the early hours of the morning they drove up to the checkpoint and there was an exchange of fire. the people at the checkpoint, they're pro-russian sympathizers, they said that three people have been killed and the attackers were able to flee in another two vehicles. it's not clear who thoughs these legislate attackers were. there are lots of questions remaining unanswer, in particular if there was a shootout, why is the first car is undamaged with bullet holes and the second vehicle is riddled with bullets, and it's completely burned out. what is clear is that this incident, however it happened
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its playing into the hands of those who do not want the geneva agreement to succeed. the pro-russian is calling for russian peace keepers. >> let's go to donestk, this is clearly very murky. some suggesting that this attack did not happen at all, but jackie said that it is not going to do anything for the geneva agreement, which was supposed to de-escalate tension. >> reporter: certainly not. and i have to say that the geneva agreement had not really been implemented on the ground so far. there was some sort of informal truce that they were happy to follow, but when it came to the geneva agreement they were standing firm and defiant. they said they were not going to disarm and evacuate unless their demands were being met.
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it was already a very, very difficult agreement to impleme implement, and there are international mediations on the ground especially the organization for security and cooperation. they're trying to find some sort of mechanism, but so far they have not been successful. i think the events overnight of the check point. the news is going to make things work because they will point the finger at kiev, and then kiev points the finger at them saying they are the provocateurs. i think what marks this tension is now the self-proclaimed mayor has imposed a curfew on that town. that curfew will be from midnight to 6:00 in the morning. so certainly the government in kiev losing more and more grip, i would say, on the town. >> in fact, authorities in kiev
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said they suspended military operationoperations in the waket geneva agreement to give it time to stick, but you wonder how much time can it give particularly when moscow is pointing the finger to disarm anti-russian fighters. >> reporter: it is very difficult for the government and kiev. it comes under pressure for the international community, and by supporters for a tougher stance on the ground. nothing has changed. the position of everyone remains exactly the same. the government did bi begin it's government restoration. when comes to the initiative buildings and other buildings
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seized in ten cities and towns across this region it will be very difficult. look at the administration building here. we are in the city center. there are civilians outside of the building. there could be civilians inside. mothers and wives are there to help, cook, provide moral support to those protesters. how will the government carry out that separatio operation, is extremely difficult to see. >> thank you very much. still to come here on al jazeera. moment at last. four journalists held in syria for more than ten months are back in france. plus survivors of an attack in south sudan. and in sports, one team looks to continue their effort
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at the chinese grand prix. we'll have all the details later. >> from 18,000 in a refugee camp in syria are facing the possibility of starving to death because they have run out of food. it is located south of the damascus. the u.n. relief working agent said it needs 700 food parcels per day. and they have been managing to get 100 passag 100 packages per. let's get more from chris, a spokesman for the u.n. relief agency. he joins us on the life from
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barcelona. chris, good to have you with us. for ten days no food allowed into the camp, and each food parcel lasts ten days. this is the critical point. >> it's now over ten days and now we're down to zero and people are facing the serious threat of hunger and malnutrition. there are women dieing in childbirth for lack of medical care. people are choosing to eat animal feed, grass, whatever they can boil. the threat of hunger and malnutrition gets worse and worse. >> there was an agreement for supplies. why did they breakdown?
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>> mistrust? it's verit's a very complicated situation on the ground. we have had 12 members of staff, 12 of my colleagues have been killed trying to deliver aid. it's a very dangerous situation. we have food in the warehouse. we need secure access, and we need it now because people are growing hungry in every passing minute. >> yes, most people are palestinian refugees. even before this point people were struggling because not enough food was left in. >> they were severally struggling in 2012. the government responded by attacking them and the
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opposition groups were in a civilian area. there was huge destruction within the camp. eventually we were able to get things in january. but food for 18,000 people is not enough. the security council unanimously adopted a resolution, council members have threatened further action in the case of non non-compliance. they need to pass the resolution. the chemical weapons have been eliminated because of possible threat. well, it's thousands and tens of thousands of people in the face of threat for lack of food.
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this sort of thing would not happen. that today is what the people need. >> chris, thank you very much, indeed, for speaking to us about a very grim situation. chris talking to us from barcelona in spain. activists in homs say that the supplies are running out there, too. [ baby crying ] >> children caught up in the condition flick. they say the shelling has been relentless, prompting many mosques to play on loud speakers force hours. the military has made gains but
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it's facing resistence. >> in old homs city the government forces are beating the terrorists. the terrorists have tried to hit more with mortars. >> they are holding ground and would not hit hold strongholds. many have left the neighborhoods. activists have appealed to aid agencies to help get doses dozet of the area. it has been called a theater of death and destruction. in aleppo syrian jets have hit the area are rockets and barrel
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bombs. this man has lost everyone in his family. he cries to god. he says, my whole family was in the flat. the whole family was there. up in that flat. >> people are also moving up from the town because most buildings and shops have been destroyed. >> the people have left. nothing is left in this area. ten children died in one moment. you could only feel the disaster if you were hear. >> despite u.n. resolutions there is no aid getting through to civilians, and every passing day only adds to those caught up in the con picture. >> four french journalists held hostage for nearly a year has arrived back home. president fran├žois hollande met them outside of an air base in paris. they had been kidnapped in two
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straight incidents in june. >> now we'll enjoy time with our families who suffered more than us. we made our choices. we took responsibility for them. i think when we were caught we had to be in syria to do our job. it was during the chemical weapons issue. there was a risk, and we took it. we took our responsibilities, and so did our editorial management. >> reporter: we're joined live from paris, simon, a welcomed homecoming for these men. have they said any more about their ordeal? >> yes, a few more details are emerging from the four men that had been besieged by the media just outside of paris. a few more details emerging. a tough ten months. i thought they looked pretty good given the kind of ordeal they've been through. they've been saying for most of that period they were kept underground.
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there is a constant reference of how relieved they are to be seeing natural daylight and to be able to breathe fresh air. for most of that period they were kept under grouped. they were moved as a group from one location to another at least 12 times in the last ten months. they were tied together, they were not always well treated, according to one of the journalists speaking today, the level of food they were given was not very good and there is some occasion where they were roughed up. but clearly in all intents and purposes in good condition as you can see from those pictures they were taken to a military hospital for more detail and analysis of their continue. >> reporter: while held hostage they probably didn't have time to read newspapers, they don't know how unpopular president
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hollande has become. this could have impact on his popularity. >> yes, that's part of the deal, that he turn up to these things. the french state takes these things very seriously, recovering citizens wherever they are, and president hollan e has taken a very high profile where french hostages were released from mali. they were at the airfield to welcome them back and it was an opportunity for him to restate what he sees a as a very crucial part of france's policy. to restate france's foreign policy position on syria. >> i want to remind people that france is working to finally recover its freedom and democracy. we wanted to see the chemical
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weapons destroyed. we're doing everything possible to make this a political transition. it's hard, very hard, and for that we need journalists to do their jobs, to report on the situation. >> you're right, this is a tough time for fran├žois hollande. clearly beset by problems. >> simon, thanks very much for that. 14 soldiers in nigeria has been killed. the army said fight freers al-qaeda's north african branch
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was behind that one although no one has claimed responsibility. >> nine people have been killed east of fallujah. the clashes were between government and armed forces. six people were killed. agely under the control of anti-government groups was the start of the year. all entries into fallujah have been closed. al jazeera continues to demand the immediate release of its journalists imprisoned in egypt. they are falsely accused of providing a platform for the muslim brotherhood. they have been behind bars for 113 days. their case has been adjourned until tuesday. the fourth al jazeera journalist
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in detention has been held without trial since august. he has been on a hunger strike for the last 90 days. he writes, i have a responsibility on my shoulders. it's to complete documents stories of people here as much as possible. and stay steadfast. the details of all egyptian level of society. they all talk about injustices they've suffered indiscriminately. let's go to weather now and it's looking milder in north america. >> meteorologist: that's right it's the time of year when things start to become mild, but there are some people who will miss it. in parts of canada you see people enjoying skiing and snowboarding, but it's the last day of the ski season in many places. some people are going to miss the wintery weather.
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the argument here is you can snowboard and wake board, but some people can't manage that. maybe next year. there is a little more of unsettled weather, a little more wintery weather perhaps over parts of canada, but it's been down to the southeast of the u.s. where we've seen some of the worst of the weather. there has been heavy rain and strong winds that has caused due to flooding, and it has made some of the roads here impossible. there have been a few trees down as well thanks to those strong winds. as you head through the next few days, that system will be long gone. but behind it there is a small little break before the next system is here. that one is still pulling itself together at the moment. by the time we do get to monday it will be giving fairly heavy showers, and it's only slowly
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inching eas eastward. and behind it it will be brighter. chicago up to around 14 degrees. that system over the southeastern part of the u.s. is also affecting the weather for the south as well. you can see bahamas, the huge area of cloud, that's given a lot of heavy rain here as well. 19-millimeters. just in the 24-hour period. the showers, though, are clearing away. for the bahamas it's been brighter and there willer showers around parts of jamaica. >> thanks very much. still to come on the news hour, making a call in myanmar, why it's getting easier as the country opens up to foreign investment. tens of thousands of christians mark easter in jerusalem. some say they are not welcome. and in sports liverpool edge closer to the english premier title. details coming up later in the program.
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>> welcome back. we have the top stories of al jazeera, families affected by the south korea ferry sinking involved with angry confrontation with police. so far more than 60 people have been confirmed dead, and more than 200 are still missing. in ukraine there was a gun battle between unidentified groups where three people were
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killed in the shooting. the u.n. is warning residents of a besieged district of damascus has run out of food. there has been no food delivered to the refugee camp for ten days. some people resorting to eating leaves and animal feed. 58 people were killed in an attack on the u.n. compound on thursday. >> these are some of the survivers of the u.n. base. oh among them women and children. some have bullet wounds. others say they were attacked by machete. this woman was told to lie on the ground. she refused and tried to run away. >> they sought up with me so i try to jump over a wall. one man caught up with me and
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hit me on the head with a machete and left me. i laid very still because i didn't want them to come back and finish me. >> another woman described as being shot in the arm as she tried to run away from her attackers. still pictures emerged on the aftermath of the violence. some show the dead being carried out in body bags. others reveal the brutal nature of the attacks. in the morning an armed mob rampaged through the protection of the area. >> the u.n. force shot bullets in the air, and as a result fighting ensued between the
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youth. >> reporter: after firing first shot the u.n. was unequivocal. >> there was no question about that. it was certainly demonstrators who pulled out their weapons. upon doing so we realized there was going to be an altercation, and action was necessary. >> the complex o complexion of s situation showed on thursday when peace keepers came under attack. we're in the fifth months of this conflict now and the violence shows no sign of ending. al jazeera, south sudan. >> pope francis praise for peace in his sunday address.
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he praying for further violence in ukraine. 150,000 people crowded in st. beater square which is the second easter as pope for francis. in the middle east, israeli police are blamed to preventing religious freedom. it was called unacceptable and the rights to be respected. thousands converged for the holy fire ritual. the flame appears from jesus' too many insid inside the anciet church to show that he has not forgotten his followers. but many christians have been blocked from taking part. >> reporter: this year the calendars for eastern and western churches align only
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adding to the crowd. among the pilgrims, christian palestinians, a group that is dwindling inside but increasingly upset. a group of christians from jerusalem of various denominations filed a complaint with the israeli high court. they were demanding better treatment from israeli police and freeway access to their holy site. >> israel claims to observe and being the only democracy in the middle east and the only place where the christians are thriving, we don't feel that in jerusalem. over the last two years it has progressively been getting worse. >> been said systemic discrimination. this video shows diplomats forbidden from entering despite having prior approval.
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>> what's happening here? why is it the christians and muslims cannot get to the holy places where the tourists can. >> the courts ordered the police to give pilgrims better access. thousands of jews, christians and muslims flock to the city as pilgrims from all over the region and all over the world try to make it to jerusalem. it's because of this that the police say that they have to have restrictions for the safety of all pilgrims. >> we are talking about numbers. for the safety of people whether it's local residents or foreigners. >> hundreds of police officers have been employed for easter weekend but some say that more needs to be done. >> you need to be able to practice your religion freely.
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my mom, she wants to come. my grandma, she wants to come. it's very hard. >> they say they feel discrimination daily. >> it's not easy. it is not easy. >> iran said a dispute with world powers over its heavy water reactors has been resolved. he said that it has been redesigned. some fear the reactor could give iran a second route. iran is trying to finalize the rooroute to world powers by scag back nuclear operations for easement of sanctions. putting the spotlight on poor health and safety conditions in an industry that is the country's biggest exporters. many say they're haunted by the
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ordeal. we have reports from where they are dealing with the trauma. >> reporter: the survivors are able to forget. these women and men were all working in the plaza when the garment factory collapsed. now it helps them to deal with their traumatic memories. >> when i'm home i'm always thinking about how the building fell, how there are so many people there and the sounds of those screaming. right now here i'm not thinking of that. >> survivors perform in a way that expresses their internal feelings and helps them to think more positively. >> most of the survivors tell us at first they can't sleep at night. they feel terrified and they heal noises. quite a few say they managed to sleep the night before. it's really great for us to hear
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that. >> the mental health struggles of survivors have been lost in discussion of disaster overshadowed by the high number of people killed. another group that has to deal with the significant trauma are the rescue workers who went in day after day to bring out the injured and the dead. >> neighbors call him crazy. even he calls himself by that name. but he has a lot of medals to show for his bravery. after three weeks of volunteering, he went into catatonic shock for two weeks. he's better now but still has vivid memories. >> i tied my raincoat tightly around my neck, but they found ways to crawl all over my body. >> the government reportedly
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turned down foreign offers to help with the rescue operations giving the tough work to volunteers who were given almost no resources. bangladesh. >> gentleman pap deploying early warning planes for the first time. japan started building a military radar station. people have been protesting against the move. they say it might increase tensions in the region. it is 150 kilometers southwest.
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>> well, as india's massive election protest continues, the biggest issue is how to feed its people. a new law guarantees cheap food for 70% of more than a billion indians. implementing that is a formidable task. we have reports where similar program is already under way. >> she depends on the food she buys in this shot. she's married with two children. the food does not go far but for they can afford to eat. buying basics will be far more expensive on the open market. here she pays only 10% of its real value. >> sometimes i go and there are shortages. sometimes i go and there is no
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sugar or rice. sometimes i have to be patient but the system works well. >> reporter: they bring their ration box, an electronic i.d. confirms them on the machine and in the book. many buy their foot at 550 pds shops. for once some of the poorest people in india are the winners. at the moment people can't buy fresh fruits and vegetables under the scheme but the system is still being developed. >> there will be more of the poor giving benefits, and expanding the pds. >> reporter: with coverage across the state its success is being monitored by the supreme
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court of india to make sure that the right to food works. >> reporter: shops are located in different locations where people come to sell their produce and buy what they need from the shop. >> she sells vegetables and buys what they needs at the shop. >> it's a great program. where else would i be able to buy my rice and other items. other states are watching to see how they can make their public programs more efficient. >> owning a mobile phone in myanmar used to be a luxury, but as the economy has prospered some of the old ways have struggled to keep up. >> reporter: the sun is going
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down, and he is setting up shop. he puts his phone out and waits. this is the best time of the day. someone may need to make a phone call, and that's what he provides, the phone rental service. but fewer people seem to need his services these days. >> my business has become useless. i'm sitting as a jobless man at this table. this money can only be used as pocket money. i'm no longer making profit. >> reporter: the mobile phone shop behind him in contrast does a brisk trade. customers come in and out asking for a range of things, from the latest accessories to the older cheaper models. >> actually the phone industry is improving because prices have come down. i think it will continue to blow because foreign companies are coming in and investing.
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>> reporter: throughout throughout the years of dictatorship myanmar's state telecom business kept phones expensive. but two companies say they plan to roll up their network and bring more affordable similar cards. five years ago a similar card would have cost 500 u.s. dollars and now it will cost $2. but the only way to get to that price is an once a month lottery. the only alternative is to buy it on the black market for 100 u.s. dollars. >> when he first opened up shop he could make $20 a day. his customers were usually lovers who wanted to chat or young people newly arrived in the city calling home.
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now calls are brief usually people who have run out of battery. he said he'll give up this business within the year, right now he's already looking ahead learning how to type and use the computer. once he has mastered that he'll look for a new source of income. this is a new myanmar with new opportunities ahead with capitol to investment. al jazeera. >> coming up after the break. going door to door to save the environment. we'll find out why this r recycling program in nigeria is gaining popularity, and we'll have all the sports action coming up in just a moment.
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>> welcome back. time for sport now. >> thank you so much. we start with formula one where mercedes has again shown they are the dominant force on this time at the chinese grand prix. >> reporter: it's been a perfect season so far. three races in and drivers. >> hamilton getting off to a great start. he would cling his third victory in china. and his third consecutive
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victory this season. >> i can't believe how amazing the car is, and the results we're getting, it's a true showing of the hard work. >> reporter: championship leader and mercedes teammate rosberg said it was a disastrous weekend for him. the germans lead and the championship has been cut to four point. reigning champion sebastian vettel til still has to reach te heights of last season. he finished fifth. fernando alonso claimed the third spot. he is in the standing on 41 points, 34 behind hamilton, but right now it's the britain's celebrating his 25th race win. richard nicholson, al jazeera.
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>> liverpool has taken a giant step to their first by beating nonorwich. norwich came back in the second half with two goals, but all the host could do is ensure a 3-2 win from liverpool. liverpool are now five points ahead of chelsea with three games remaining. arsenal are at holland for what is a dress rehearsal of the fa cup. and the spanish premiere league barcelona can close in the gap on atletico madrid when they take on atletico bao. they have been eliminated and lost in the finals and they have fallen to third in the league. their coach is likely to be
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fired this summer if things do not quickly turn arnold. >> no way is this team going to give up. it's true that the team suffered from heavy blows. also, there is the chance that two teams on the top of the table can make a mistake, so we're compelled to try until the very last moment. >> and in germany they have guaranteed themselves the championship league next season. they did it the hard way after going ahead twice and being pinned back twice. it was an unexpected player that scored the goals. >> bayern munich after a much needed win. late goals from pizaro giving
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them the 2-0 win. and the french league cup beating lyon on saturday. uruguay striker struck twice for the fourth french league cup final. it's their first major trophy since their new coach has been in charge. he took over at the beginning of the season. we have the final at the monty carlo masters current australian open. it's the former number one who is meeting. thin the nba opening clay thompson and struggled as chris paul were benched. game two of the best of seven series is in los angeles on
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monday. >> we've been resilient all year. this is a big stage to play the way we did, down the stretch make some big plays, responding to the first quarter, just saying we're not going to quit. we're going to keep fighting. a big way to start the series. >> atlanta hawks pulled off an upset in the biggest day of the playoff. >> it's just motions flying high, playoffs, close game, taking some shots, making some shots. i really feed off the emotion of the crowd, especially on the road. it's fun to go on the road and beat the team. that's more gratifying than winning at home. i love those moments.
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>> matt calvert with the goal to give columbus the 4-3 win. game three is on hundred dollars in columbumonday incolumbus. >> colorado leads their best of seven series 2-0. game three is monday in minnesota. lee westwood has ended a two-year title drought by winning the malaysian open on sunday. he started the day with an one-shot lead but carded a bogey 68 to finish the day. a massive seven shots. it's his biggest ever winning margin and it marks his 40s career of victory. another englishman luke donald is looking to end his similar two-year winless run.
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we have much more sport on our website. for all the latest check out www.aljazeera.com/sport. that's it for me for now. >> thanks very much, indeed. now residents in nigeria's largest city are reaping rewards for recycling. tons of waste piled up on the streets every day. but in the third part of our wasteful world series, we have reports on the scheme that has people trading and recycling points prizes. for a year and a half he has been putting aside recyclable waste. every monday it's collected. he's from recycles, a company that provides incentives for people in working class neighborhoods in exchange for recycling their garbage. this woman has earned a blender, a fan, but that's not the only
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reward. >> there is no garbage on the streets. our children are no more sick like before. >> with the support of the waste management authority these bicycles have been going door to door. clients accumulate points depending on the length of their wait. >> we have very big dreams. think of all the people that you see live in slums surrounded by waste. we want to provide them a way to take back their community, and get some value from the waste that surround them. >> reporter: with 20 million people packed, nigeria's collect waste that pile up. the recyclers sorting facility processed 200 tons of garbage from thousands of homes after
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the waste is sorted here it is then sold to recycling factories. it has gone into manufacturing fiber making trash bags and flip flops. one customer melts cans and exports it to india. while recyclers cover expenses it has yet to generate a profit. the government is extending an open hand. >> we feed to scale it up to make sure that it becomes a success, and we can replicate this in blighted area. >> reporter: since 2012 there are now 16 and they look to expand to other cities. they may face heaps of challenges but they appear to be winning people one plastic bottle at a time. al jazeera. >> we love a bi an of rubbish oe news hour.
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thanks for watching. bye for now.
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